transitive verb \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Definition of CURRY

:  to clean the coat of (as a horse) with a currycomb
:  to treat (tanned leather) especially by incorporating oil or grease
:  beat, thrash
cur·ri·er noun
curry favor Middle English currayen favel to curry a chestnut horse
:  to seek to gain favor by flattery or attention

Origin of CURRY

Middle English currayen, from Anglo-French cunreier, correier to prepare, curry, from Vulgar Latin *conredare, from Latin com- + a base of Germanic origin; akin to Gothic garaiths arrayed — more at ready
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack


noun \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

: a food, dish, or sauce in Indian cooking that is seasoned with a mixture of spices

plural curries

Full Definition of CURRY

:  a food, dish, or sauce in Indian cuisine seasoned with a mixture of pungent spices; also :  a food or dish seasoned with curry powder

Variants of CURRY

cur·ry also cur·rie \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Examples of CURRY

  1. We had chicken curry for dinner.
  2. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of curry.

Origin of CURRY

Tamil kaṟi (or a cognate word in a Dravidian language)
First Known Use: 1681

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


transitive verb

Definition of CURRY

:  to flavor or cook with curry powder or a curry sauce

First Known Use of CURRY


Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


biographical name \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Definition of CURRY

John Steuart 1897–1946 Am. painter


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(from Tamil kari, “sauce”) Dish or sauce in Indian cuisine. It is seasoned with a mixture of spices often including turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, as well as garlic and chiles. Some of the curry spices are known for their antiseptic and preservative properties. Curries have been a part of South Asian cookery since antiquity. The primarily vegetarian curries of southern India are the most pungent. Those of northern India, where lamb and poultry are eaten, generally avoid hot or pungent ingredients.


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